The Innovative Production Machines and Systems Network of Excellence

The Innovative Production Machines and Systems Network of Excellence

D. T. Pham (Cardiff University, UK), E. E. Eldukhuri (Cardiff University, UK), A. Soroka (Cardiff University, UK), V. Zlatanov (Cardiff University, UK), M. S. Packiananther (Cardiff University, UK), R. Setchi (Cardiff University, UK), P. T.N. Pham (Cardiff University, UK), A. Thomas (Cardiff University, UK) and Y. Dadam (Cardiff University, UK)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-503-2.ch805
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This article presents the essence of the Innovative Production Machines and Systems (I*PROMS) Network of Excellence. It gives the rationale for networks of excellence, outlines the scope and structure of I*PROMS, and summarizes its program of activities.
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The Clusters In I*Proms

I*PROMS addresses six manufacturing challenges: concurrent manufacturing, integration of human and technical resources, conversion of information to knowledge, environmental compatibility, reconfigurable enterprises, and innovative manufacturing processes and products. Work on those themes is prosecuted by four interconnected clusters (see Table 1): advanced production machines (APM), production automation and control (PAC), innovative design technology (IDT), and production organization and management (POM).

Table 1.
Manufacturing challenges addressed by I*PROMS research clusters
Manufacturing ChallengeNetwork Clusters
Concurrent ManufacturingXXXX
Integration of Human and Technical ResourcesXXX
Conversion of Information to KnowledgeXXX
Environmental CompatibilityXX
Reconfigurable EnterprisesXXX
Innovative Manufacturing Processes and ProductsX

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